Columbus - Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 134 to designate the portion of I-271 between mile markers 28 and 32 in Beachwood as the “Captain Michael Palumbo Memorial Highway”.

“I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to know Michael and his family over the years,” said Senator Yuko. “He truly was an incredible man and a true hero. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of firefighters.”

The bill was originally introduced by Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) as Senate Bill 161. It will now go to Governor John Kasich to be signed into law.

Michael Palumbo Jr. was born in Cleveland on December 26, 1967. Palumbo was a dedicated firefighter who served both Beachwood and Willowick Fire Departments for over 25 years. At Beachwood Fire Department, he was captain, SWAT medic, part of the hazmat team and a member of the honor guard. He also was a member of Local 2388. Michael died on May 24, 2017 after a long battle with a very aggressive form of brain cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 23 years and five children.

“Naming this highway in his honor is a small way to thank Captain Palumbo for his service and sacrifice, and for communities in Northeast Ohio to show appreciation and gratitude,” said Senator Yuko. “We will remember him as a spirited and caring man who contributed immeasurably to the world around him.” 

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